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For the Canadian comic strip, see Weltschmerz (comic strip).

Weltschmerz (from the German meaning world-pain or world-weariness) is a term coined by the German author Jean Paul and denotes the kind of feeling experienced by someone who understands that the physical reality can never satisfy the demands of the mind. This kind of pessimistic world view was widespread among several romantic authors such as Lord Byron, Giacomo Leopardi, François-René de Chateaubriand, Alfred de Musset, Nikolaus Lenau and Heinrich Heine. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wiktionary (a portmanteau of wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 150 languages. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... Weltschmerz is a weekly comic strip in Canada, written and drawn by cartoonist Gareth Lind. ... German literature comprises those literary texts originating within Germany proper and written in the German language. ... Jean Paul Jean Paul (March 21, 1763 – November 14, 1825), born Johann Paul Friedrich Richter, was a famous German humorist. ... A magnet levitating above a high-temperature superconductor demonstrates the Meissner effect. ... For other uses, see Mind (disambiguation). ... Pessimists see the world as uninviting and cruel. ... A world view (or worldview) is a term calqued from the German word Weltanschauung (pronounced ) Welt is the German word for world, and Anschauung is the German word for view or outlook. It implies a concept fundamental to German philosophy and epistemology and refers to a wide world perception. ... Romantics redirects here. ... Byron redirects here. ... Giacomo Leopardi, Count (June 29, 1798 – June 14, 1837) is generally considered, along with such figures as Dante, Petrarca, Ariosto and Tasso, to be among Italys greatest poets and one of its greatest thinkers. ... François-René de Chateaubriand, painting by Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson, beginning of 19th century. ... Tomb of Alfred de Musset in Le Père Lachaise cemetery. ... Lenau in 1839 Nikolaus Lenau was the nom de plume of Nikolaus Franz Niembsch von Strehlenau (August 25, 1802 - August 22, 1850), an Austrian poet. ... Christian Johann Heinrich Heine (December 13, 1797 – February 17, 1856) was a journalist, an essayist, and one of the most significant German romantic poets. ...


It is also used to denote the feeling of sadness when thinking about the evils of the world – compare empathy, theodicy. Sadness is a mood that displays feeling of disadvantage and loss. ... For other uses, see World (disambiguation). ... Not to be confused with Pity, Sympathy, or Compassion. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


The modern meaning of Weltschmerz in the German language is the psychological pain caused by sadness, that can occur when realizing that someone's own weaknesses are caused by the inappropriateness and cruelty of the world and (physical and social) circumstances. Weltschmerz in this meaning can cause depression, resignation and escapism, and can become a mental problem (compare to Hikikomori). German (called Deutsch in German; in German the term germanisch is equivalent to English Germanic), is a member of the western group of Germanic languages and is one of the worlds major languages. ... Psychological pain refers to pain caused by psychological stress and by emotional trauma, as distinct from that caused by physiological injuries and syndromes. ... Sadness is a mood that displays feeling of disadvantage and loss. ... For other uses, see World (disambiguation). ... In everyday language depression refers to any downturn in mood, which may be relatively transitory and perhaps due to something trivial. ... A resignation is the formal act of giving up ones office or position. ... Escapism is mental diversion by means of entertainment or recreation, as an escape from the perceived unpleasant aspects of daily stress. ... Hikikomori , lit. ...


The modern meaning should also be compared with the concept of anomie, or a kind of alienation, that Émile Durkheim wrote about in his sociological treatise Suicide. Anomie, in contemporary English, means a condition or malaise in individuals, characterized by an absence or diminution of standards or values. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Émile Durkheim Émile Durkheim (IPA: ; April 15, 1858 – November 15, 1917) was a French sociologist whose contributions were instrumental in the formation of sociology and anthropology. ... Suicide was one of the groundbreaking books in the field of sociology. ...


John Steinbeck wrote about this feeling in The Winter of Our Discontent and referred to it as the Welshrats and in East of Eden it is felt by Samuel Hamilton after meeting Cathy Trask for the first time. John Ernst Steinbeck (February 27, 1902 – December 20, 1968) was one of the best-known and most widely read American writers of the 20th century. ... The Winter of Our Discontent is a 1961 novel by John Steinbeck. ... For other uses, see East of Eden (disambiguation). ...


Ralph Ellison uses the term in Invisible Man with regard to the pathos inherent in the singing of spirituals: "...beneath the swiftness of the hot tempo there was a slower tempo and a cave and I entered it and looked around and heard an old woman singing a spiritual as full of Weltschmerz as flamenco." Ralph Ellison (March 1, 1913[1] – April 16, 1994) was a scholar and writer. ... Flamenco is a Spanish musical genre with strong, rhythmic undertones and is often accompanied with a similarly impassioned style of dance involving vigorous movements, such as hand-clapping and foot-stamping. ...


In music, pseudo-Weltschmerz and especially dark "romanticism" play an important part in gothic rock Industrial and EBM. For other uses, see Music (disambiguation). ... Gothic rock (sometimes called goth rock or simply goth) is a genre of rock music that originated during the late 1970s. ... EBM can be an acronym for: electronic body music evidence-based medicine Everybody But Microsoft - A virtual group that acts as a competitor to Microsoft and its partners. ...


This word helped determine the 2006 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion, with the runner-up, Finola Hackett of Canada, misspelling it by one letter in the 19th round, spelling it "Veltschmerz" instead of "Weltschmerz". The Scripps National Spelling Bee (formerly known as the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee and commonly referred to simply as the National Spelling Bee) is a highly competitive annual spelling bee run on a not-for-profit basis by The E. W. Scripps Company, held in the ballroom at the...


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Weltschmerz - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (239 words)
Weltschmerz (from the German meaning world-pain or world-weariness, see wiktionary entry) is a term coined by the German author Jean Paul and denotes the kind of feeling experienced by someone who understands that the physical reality can never satisfy the demands of the mind.
The modern meaning of Weltschmerz in the German language is the psychological pain caused by sadness, that can occur when realizing that someone's own weaknesses are caused by the inappropiateness and cruelness of the world and (physical and social) circumstances.
In pop music, Weltschmerz and especially dark romanticism play an important part in the goth subculture.
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